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skinning a porcupine

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by oldterryr, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. oldterryr

    oldterryr Terry's in Heaven with no worries at all.

    got a full body to do - if i use dorsal will i have trouble with the quills
  2. Dean

    Dean New Member

    Skin it open down the bellyand legs. You have more sewing but you don't have the quills to deal with. Your hands will thank you.

  3. BWS

    BWS New Member

    ditto on what Dean said.....otherwise you looking at sewing with a needle held w/ bird tweezers.
  4. EastonWest

    EastonWest What we do in North Dakota, STAYS here.

    Ouch, even skinning down the belly is too prickly for me. I agree, your in for one painful night of pulling quills out of your hands if you skin dorsally.
  5. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    terry, i skinned one out a few weeks back and to be honest i dont see what you all are complaining about. i got stuck maybe 3 times. i didnt wear leather gloves either. i did a belly inscision and theres no need to sew down the legs. it only creates more work.there legs turn out real easy andthe foot pads are just as easy. just lay in on a flat formica bench top. keep your shirt way from it when working on it as you will have them all over on you. dont be alarmed if you see quills falling out all over like george says when they shed/ fall out they get caught in there coats. dont dry them off with compressed air as they tend to blow out all over the place. they stink like hell but they make an awesome looking mount.hope this helps. ill be contacting you shortly about that buck aswell.hope this helped.
  6. oldterryr

    oldterryr Terry's in Heaven with no worries at all.

    thanx brian
  7. mk

    mk -30 below

    is it best to dp those critters or tan them?
  8. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    tan them or they stink. dp works get and all my small specimens get dp but porkys stink to much to use dp. go with the tanning process it seems to take the stink out. do a wet tan.
  9. oldterryr

    oldterryr Terry's in Heaven with no worries at all.

    he was sent to me cased with skull , feet and tail in - got by with just 4 pricks (ouch) - hes in kt now